Tuesday
Jul102018

HP’s Newest Latex R1000 is Here!

The latest and greatest R Series by HP has been impressing the industry since the HP Latex R2000 was first announced in March of this year. Today, HP added the 64-inch HP Latex R1000 Printer to the line-up, and it is here! IT Supplies had the honor of receiving the first model (that is serial number 001!) installed in our showroom! 

 

The R1000 is an incredible machine and here are some of highlights:

 

  • Printing in white without waste: HP Latex White Ink delivers the glossiest white on transparent and colored media and achieves no waste between white print jobs. The removable HP Thermal Inkjet Printheads can be stored in an offline rotating chamber and automatic maintenance makes white like any other color, including automatic recirculation and nozzle checks. 

  • High image quality and vibrant colors: HP Thermal Inkjet Printheads and redesigned HP Latex Inks achieve vibrant color gamut that is wider than most flatbeds on the market.  These latex inks preserve the media gloss and feel while printing on rigid or roll (with optional roll to roll kit). 

  • Durability and versatility: HP Latex Overcoat adds durable and flexible water-based ink for high adhesion and scratch resistance while lower curing temperatures allow for wide range of rigid and roll media versatility.  This unit supports media widths up to 64 inches.  Rigid material can run up to 2 inches thick.

  • Productivity: The belt workflow enables customers to handle print peaks in-house and meet short deadlines with up to 614 square feet per hour with up to 150 lb rolls for flexible printing. 

  • Ease of use:  This printer supports advance features that helps prevent head crashes.  Automatic maintenance and smart vacuums make this printer easy to load and operate.

  • Reduced down time: The R1000 has affordable printheads that are user replaceable.  Stock printheads right on your shelf to prevent downtime.  A printhead replacement takes minutes and does not require any tools.  
We documented the delivery and installation of the R1000, take a look at the printer that is revolutionizing the print industry:

 






Wednesday
Jun272018

Print Advertising Revenue Predictions Are In!

Print advertising revenue preditctions are in, and the outlook is very good. The media research company, Borrell, is predicting that out-of-home advertising revenue will more than double by the year 2020 (increasing from $7.3 billion to $18.5 billion). They are expecting continued growth through the next 5 years. 

This is amazing news for sign shops and people looking to break into this section of the print industry. While digital advertising has increased tremendously, consumers are frustrated at the intrusion in their digital lives and seek aid from ad blockers to minimize the number of ads they experience online. This is putting printed advertising in an enviable position and providing big opportunities for print shops to maximize profits. 

To view our sign and banner material, click here!

 

Wednesday
Jun132018

IT Supplies' Soft Opening at New 2100 Golf Road Location

IT Supplies has moved to a new commercial building just a few blocks from our old offices. The new campus contains a large printer showroom that includes several of the print technologies that we sell including industry-leading brands Epson, HP and Canon.

The printers in our new showroom were on full display during our soft opening on June 6th which was held in conjunction with the Digital Textile Printing Conference. 

Thursday
May172018

5 Days of HP Latex R-Series

Written by Bob Miller – Manager of Color Services and Customer Experience.


As manager of color services at IT Supplies, I’ve seen a lot over my 18 years in the industry.  During this time, there have only been a few pivotal moments where breakthrough technology comes along and shakes up the industry.   The R Series is that technology.

Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to travel to Boise for operator training on the R2000.  From the moment I walked into the room, it was obvious that this unit stood out from the rest.  Its sleek industrial design with touch screens on both sides let you know that this technology was painstakingly developed to handle the needs of today and tomorrow. 

So what’s the big deal?  The answer is simple.  Latex!

Adhesion and Gamut are no longer a tradeoff:

From day 1 we began testing the new R Series using a variety of different substrates.  These substrates included Foam Board, PVC, Paper, Coroplast, Tango Board, Acrylic, and more.  In every case, we discovered that the adhesive properties met or exceeded our expectations.

Ease of Use:

While the R series has many innovative features, some of the biggest advancements come directly from the automated way in which they handle the latex inks. Using a new feature called macro recirculation, this printer is designed to reduce the maintenance and waste typically associated with white ink.  Macro recirculation allows the white ink to flow from one side of the ink container, through the printer, and back into a separate bladder on the other side of the container.  This frequent circulation of ink keeps the heavier particles from clumping together and clogging the nozzles.  When not in use, the white ink print heads can be easily removed and replaced with recirculating print heads.  Once removed, the white ink print heads can be placed in the recirculation chamber within the printer.  This chamber rotates the print heads when not in use, thus keeping them ready to go at a moment’s notice.  

Other notable advancements contributing to reduced maintenance and ease of use include:
  1. Industrial, user replaceable, thermal print heads
  2. An optical droplet detector that senses when nozzles are out and redirects them as needed. 
  3. Auto print head maintenance
  4. Edge to edge media thickness sensor
  5. Auto skew adjustment between jobs on roll to roll.
In summary, I strongly urge anyone interested in purchasing a new flatbed printer to reach out to myself or any of the knowledgeable commercial sales specialists at IT Supplies.   This printer has so many advancements, that there is no way a short blog post can do it justice.   

To view the spec sheet for this series, click here and to view the R2000 on our website, click here!
Tuesday
May152018

HP Shows Off The R2000 at the FESPA Global Print Expo

The revolutionary rigid printing technology that HP announced in March had its debut at the at the FESPA Global Print Expo today in Berlin. The R Series is changing the printing industry with its quality and capabilities. Read HP’s press release below and check out the spec sheet for this series here and view the R2000 on our website here!

From HP

HP Debuts Breakthrough Latex Printer at FESPA

 

News highlights

  • HP Latex R2000 Printer introduced, featuring HP Latex Rigid printing technology and HP Latex White Ink
  • True hybrid for flexible and rigid printing, accommodates materials up to 2.5-meters/98-inches wide and up to 5-cm/2-inches thick

BERLIN, May 15, 2018 — Today at the FESPA Global Print Expo, HP Inc. unveiled the HP Latex R2000 Printer, the first hybrid solution for rigid and flexible sign and display printing in one device. HP announced its new Rigid Technology at the ISA Sign Expo in March, highlighting how customers will now be able to expand their offering into new, high-value applications while also opening fresh creative ideas and concepts for sign and display.

The first printer in the R Series is the game-changing HP Latex R2000 Printer, which today made its world debut at FESPA at the HP Yesville booth (#3.2 C20). The printers are commercially available beginning next month.

 

 

“Anyone who tracks this industry knows today is a major milestone in printing as we unveil the HP Latex R2000 Printer,” said Joan Pérez Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc. “HP developed this breakthrough technology based on print service providers (PSPs) continued request for an HP Latex printer to print on both rigid and flexible materials using our water-based inks. This introduction is another step forward in how HP creates the best experiences for our customers, continually reinventing the possibilities of print.”

Coupled with the revolutionary HP Latex White Ink –  delivering the glossiest white3 on transparent and colored media – The HP Latex R2000 Printer powers PSPs with ultimate versatility through a single ink set. Applications such as retail, outdoor signage, window graphics, events and exhibitions, decoration and car wrapping are now a possibility.

Advanced engineering and driving high productivity, printer performance specifics include:

  • High-speed quality up to 88 sqm/h (947 sqf/h) – continuous loading
  • High accuracy belt system and productive workflow with 14 automatic independent chambers
  • Reliable flexible printing, leveraging assets from current portfolio, up to 100kg rolls
  • Redesigned HP Latex Inks to achieve vibrant color gamut on rigid while preserving media gloss and feel, and prints with no smell

  • Durable and flexible water-based ink for high adhesion and scratch resistance with a new HP Latex Overcoat3
  • Lower temperatures allowing wide media versatility
  • Automatic maintenance, smart vacuum, and easy loading
  • Productivity enhanced with HP Smart Services

Availability varies by region and country. Please refer to local HP representatives for more information and visit: Hp.com/go/latexR2000.  

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